The story disappeared when it was revealed the mass murder was a Muslim.
Mohamed Barakat who shot and killed by a Fargo police officer Friday, was armed with explosives, guns, a homemade grenade and 1,800 rounds of ammunition.
He was a Syrian national who arrived in the U.S. on an asylum request.
Barakat searched online for area public events along with the terms “kill fast” and “mass shooting events” before he ambushed police responding to a car crash, firing nearly 40 rounds, killing one officer and seriously injuring two others and a civilian before he was killed.
Mohamed Barakat, the man shot and killed by a Fargo police officer Friday, was armed with explosives, guns, a homemade grenade and 1,800 rounds of ammunition.
Inside Barakat’s car, they found what Schneider described as an “absolute arsenal,” 1,800 rounds, multiple guns and a homemade hand grenade, along with gasoline containers and two propane tanks filled with explosive materials built in his home. The tanks were detonated by a bomb squad, and proved to be very powerful.
Attorney General Drew Wrigley just said if 37-year-old Mohamad Barakat was able to carry out his “murderous barrage” planned for the city of Fargo “there would not have been enough medical personnel in a three state area.”
Fargo Police officers were investigating routine traffic accident on 25th Street and 9th Avenue South when the suspect, 37-year-old Mohamed Barakat, started firing at officers. Three of the officers were shot, including Jake Wallin, Andrew Dotas and Tyler Hawes. Shots were also fired at firefighters responding to the crash and, fortunately, none of them were hit. Zibolski says a Fargo Fire truck was hit by gunfire during the shootout.
“In the wake of Mohamed Barakat’s murderous, unprovoked attack. Officer Zach Robinson’s use of deadly force was reasonable. It was necessary. It was justified and in all ways it was lawful,” said Wrigley. “To our knowledge at this point, they were legally purchased. We don’t have other information. The investigation continues on. He was not a prohibited person.”
Barakat was shot by Officer Zach Robinson shortly after Barakat opened fire on three other Fargo police officers along S. 25th St.
Three blocks from where Mohamad Barakat opened fire on police officers and firefighters sits the Islamic Society of Fargo-Moorhead
Nearby is the Somali Community Development group which offers English and citizenship classes and the Al Hamdi Restauranthttps://t.co/CSS8BJTjX0
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KVRR: “He absolutely ambushed them from inside that vehicle,” said Wrigley. “They had no way to know. He had access to the many weapons in the vehicle, all of which were loaded. He jumped out and went around. You can also see in that vehicle, some of the other contents. We’re going to talk in detail on Friday. There were explosives in there. There were canisters of gasoline in there.”
Wrigley said Robinson was “the last man standing,” and that his actions stopped what apparently was going to be a mass shooting in Fargo.
“He was literally the last man standing. The last man standing between what was coming next and see what this assailant was armed for.” said Wrigley.
Wrigley says Robinson shot Barakat after ordering him at least 16 times, “hands up hands up, put down the gun.”
“He had no choice but to end the threat and he did,” Wrigley said.
“He also shows great restraint,” said Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski. “Each phase, he gave this individual, multiple, multiple opportunities to surrender. This suspect was dead set on committing to fire, harm and shoot people.”
Twenty-three-year-old Officer Jake Wallin died. Officers Andrew Dotas and Tyler Hawes were hospitalized in critical condition.
Twenty-five-year-old Karlee Koswick, who recently moved to Fargo from Massachusetts, was also shot. She was hospitalized in fair condition.
Wrigley and Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney both called Barakat’s actions an “ambush.”
, July 20, 2023:
A comment on the news article below states: “I live in Fargo. From the press conference that was held today, it is becoming apparent that the shooter was on his way to downtown Fargo where a large street fair was being held. The street that the shooting occurred on is a main route to downtown Fargo which would be about 4 to 5 minutes away. It seems that as he was driving to his intended target, he encountered the traffic accident and decided to start his rampage there.”
Authorities remain baffled as to Mohamad Barakat’s motive, because they deny the reality of Islamic jihad altogether.
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